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Nigeria FA confirms Afcon 2021 qualifiers schedule for March.

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The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] have confirmed it's venues and dates of the Super Eagles upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho and Benin in March.

In a statement via social media, the Nigerian football body announced that the last match of the qualifying series against Lesotho will take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Before the final Group L showdown with the Crocodiles, the NFF also confirmed the Super Eagles will engage Benin Republic at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo three days earlier.

So far, the three-time African champions are unbeaten in all four matches in the qualifying series, with two wins and two draws to remain on top of the group standing with eight points - just one point ahead of next foes, Benin.

Behind Nigeria and Benin in the race for a place for the 2022 Afcon, Sierra Leone are third with just three points from the four matches as Lesotho occupy the bottom of the log with two points.

The Super Eagles are eyeing a return to winning ways in the competition after a back-to-back draws against the Leone Stars, including a 0-0 draw at the National Stadium, Freetown in November 2020.

The win against Benin will put Gernot Rohr's men on the brink of grabbing a ticket to Cameroon 2022 as the country eye their 19th appearances at the Afcon final since first appearance at Ghana 1963.

The 33rd edition of the Afcon was earlier scheduled for January 9, 2021 in Cameroon, but was postponed to January 2022 due to the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.

For now, Algeria are the reigning African champions, after their 1-0 victory over Senegal in the 2019 in Egypt.

 

Samuel AHMADU

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